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Praise & Positive Recognition

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  • "Great Job, class!  I am so proud of all of you for turning in your homework.  This makes me super proud and excited to get the day started.  Homework is simple, you get out what you put in."
  • "You told me what happened at recess today even though you knew I might get angry. I appreciate your honesty."
  • "Today in class, you wrote non-stop through the entire writing period. I appreciate your hard work."
  • PRAISE: USE IN THE CLASSROOM. Praise is a powerful motivating tool because it allows the teacher to selectively encourage different aspects of student production or output. For example, the teacher may use praise to boost the student's performance, praising effort, accuracy, or speed on an assignment. Offer praise when you notice them doing something that is beyond what is a common classroom expectation. (Linsin, 2010)
  • Label the praiseworthy action, not the child. (Willingham, 2005)  .Giving praise privately can be more effective than doing it in front of the class.  This causes less embarrassment and allows student to feel sense of achievement. There are moments when public recognition is appropriate but most students prefer it to be between them and teacher.
  • A key part of teaching is providing students with effective praise. When used correctly, praise provides students with positive reinforcement. It motivates them to learn and participate in class, boost the student's performance, praising effort, accuracy, or speed on an assignment .
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